When Marty visits 1955 for the first time, he discovers George wants to be a writer, but doesn't believe in himself. George says 'I never let anyone read my stuff, what if they didn't like it?'
I too, never published my work or let anyone read it. What if they said I couldn't do it? What if I found out I wasn't good enough?
Marty says 'you know George, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.'
When Marty comes back to the future he finds his mum and dad completely transformed. Biff comes running in with a box and says, ‘I think your books have arrived Mr McFly.’
George pulls out a book from the top.
‘Ohh, your first book’ says Lorraine.
George holds up his book, turns to Marty and says ‘See Marty, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.’
As the truck arrived at my publishing house (our garage), I took one of the boxes, pulled out a book and said to my daughter, ‘See Madi, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.’
Madi rolled her eyes, 'do you have to quote Back to the Future with everything you do?' she asked.
I just smiled. I got a book. A real book.
Madi flicked through it, 'Hey, here's a picture of me!' she exclaimed. 'I'm in a book.'
'Yes you are' I said.
I sold my first book less than a week later.
I've realised that people aren't expecting me to be the best writer or artist that ever lived, they just want to feel better. As I write and illustrate my next book, Bear Yoga, I remind myself, 'its okay, you can do it, don't give up.' and each day I add a little more colour and words to the book that I hope will encourage children to practice yoga for life.
I took my delorium (hyandai) out for a ride the other day, and went back to my future, there were all these people lined up to hear my reading of my latest book. I saw myself smiley and happy, I almost called out to her but remembered the time space continuum could explode the entire universe. So I just let her walk by, she seemed so happy. 'Just give me something' I said to a person nearby, 'that I can take back with me to the past and help create this future.' She looked at me weirdly (she looked a lot like someone I know). 'Don't you know?' she said. 'If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.'
'Yes,' I nodded. 'Yes I see.'
I tapped on the flux capactor and it whired into action. 'Lets go.'
I roared up to eighty miles per hour and arrived back in sunny Redcliffe.
'I'm back' I said to Madi, 'Back from the future.'
'Great' she said, flicking the channels on TV. 'Can you hydrate me a pizza while your up?'
GreetI am a yoga teacher, author and artist.
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